Oh Woe, to Me

Oh woe, to me
Who has betrayed the Son of God
I set, drank the blood of the wine
And ate the bread of life
Thinking not of the living sacrifice
of Jesus Christ

Oh woe, I say, woe
My sorrow fills my heart
Even though I was warned of this day
Asleep in slumber
Escape from the knowing and pain
I will betray you as your lips proclaim

Oh woe, oh woe, this day
That has come
The death of my Savior
I have betrayed
Look upon the cross
My heart filled with pain

Oh woe, I say
But rejoicing from my heart
When I hear my Savior say
“Father, forgive them
For they know not what
They are doing”

Oh woe, but rejoicing this day
Repentance is mourned
And forgiveness is given
Knowing my salvation has come
When the stone was rolled away
Oh, what a joyous day

By Cassie Johnson
June 25, 2020

Some scriptures reference: Luke 22:19-23 & 31-34, 45;
Luke 21:34-36, Luke 23:34,
2 Corinthians 7:9-11

Something to think about
Most of this poem reflects on the apostles’ betrayal of Jesus, but we should realize we are also guilty of betrayal until we repent of sin. Furthermore, we should recognize that the apostles were asleep from exhaustion (Luke 22: 45). I believe it was from the sorrow of what Jesus had told them was going to happen.
1. Jesus was going to suffer
2. Jesus was going away, and they could not follow
3. They were going to betray Jesus
4. Jesus was going to die
Sleep does have scientific benefits to restore the mind, but Jesus response for the apostles’ sorrow was to pray so they would not fall into temptation. Earlier, Jesus warns us to be careful, to not let our hearts be weighted down with carousing, drunkenness and the anxieties of life. These are traps that all who live on earth will face. Again, Jesus says to pray to escape these things so we can stand before the Son of Man (Luke 21:34-36).

Love and peace

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